Welcome to the 24th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival

Join us for 36 films shown October 12-23, 2016 at the SIFF Cinema Uptown.

see the 2016 schedule

Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) is an annual event showcasing the best of Polish cinema since the early 1990s. The SPFF is produced and presented by the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

2016 Highlights

Drama

11 Minutes Oct. 15

The lives of several people from Warsaw are intertwined for just 11 minutes. These minutes turn out to be crucial for their ultimate fate.

Drama

United States of Love Oct. 14

Poland, 1990. The first euphoric year of freedom, but also of uncertainty for the future. Four apparently happy women of different ages decide it's time to change their lives, and fulfill their desires.

Science-Fiction

Gattaca Oct. 14

A young man assumes a false identity as a genetically perfect space navigator until a murder investigation threatens to expose his subterfuge.

Science-Fiction

On the Silver Globe Oct. 21

A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization. They do not realize that within themselves they carry the end of their own dream.

Independent

Joanna Polak Retrospective Oct. 18

Joanna Polak, visiting Seattle for the 2016 edition of Seattle Polish Film Festival, is an award-winning animator whose films have been presented at more than 300 festivals and exhibitions worldwide, winning more than 25 awards and distinctions.

Drama

Happy New York Oct. 22

The story follows a group of people from the country in the east. They lived their lives, in a regular, gray, everyday existence. One day somebody decided to change the world, to make it a better place.

Independent

Independent & Short Film Showcase 2 Oct. 20

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.

Independent

Independent & Short Film Showcase 1 Oct. 19

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.

Drama

Generations Oct. 21

Generations by Janusz Zaorski is a full-length feature and documentary film which was made for the anniversary of the Wroclaw’s Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych.

Drama

A Short Film about Killing Oct. 15

A youth randomly, and brutally, murders a taxi-driver. Piotr has just passed his law exams and been admitted to the bar. He is to defend Jacek, the young murderer.

Action

Puget Soundtrack: Mr. Blot’s Academy Oct. 12

Thanks to the powers of magic, Adaś Niezgódka is transported to the fairy tale land of Mr. Blot – the protagonist of Jan Brzechwa’s classic book. Mr. Blot is a teacher and a magician in one. His lessons cannot be boring. Especially when bIotology is the subject. Adaś learns about the miracles of the enchanted land, but also gets to know its dark secrets.

Documentary

In Search of Lost Landscape Oct. 23

“In Search of a Lost Landscape” is a poignant story, told from an autobiographical perspective, of the Jewish community in Breslau/Wroclaw and Lower Silesia. This is a tale of their lives, hopes and dilemmas, and their final emigration after 1968.

Documentary

Alfred Schreyer of Drohobycz Oct. 23

A story of an extraordinary life of Alfred Schreyer, the last Jew of Drohobycz, Ukraine, who was born and still lives in this town.

Drama

Raise the Roof Oct. 23

Artists Rick and Laura Brown are not Jewish and not Polish, and yet they set out to rebuild Gwoździec, one of the magnificent 18th-century wooden synagogues of Poland.

Documentary

Jarocin: Rock For Freedom Oct. 22

A music documentary about one of the most important festivals of alternative music organized in Jarocin, central Poland.

Comedy

Kamper Oct. 15

An acerbic relationship comedy about a young married couple that draws together the sad truths about the difficulties of intimate relationships.

Drama

Double Life of Veronique Oct. 16

Veronique is a beautiful young French woman who aspires to be a renowned singer; Weronika lives in Poland, has a similar career goal and looks identical to Veronique, though the two are not related.

Drama

Righteous Oct. 23

It is 1942. The Nazis launch the decisive phase of destruction. From the ghettos, Jews are transported to the death camps.

Documentary

Piano Oct. 22

The story of a piano that became an important symbol to protesters at Majdan Square during the Ukrainian conflict of 2014.

Drama

Persona Non Grata Oct. 14

Against his country's orders, a Japanese diplomat issues visas to refugees, saving over 6,000 Jewish lives at the outbreak of World War II.

Thriller

Strange Heaven Oct. 22

Based on true events. Social thriller built on misunderstandings of people acting in good faith but with contradictory goals.

Drama

New World Oct. 22

Three stories of immigrants coming to the Poland hoping to start a new life.

Documentary

Our Kasprowy Oct. 16

A history of the cable car at Kasprowy Wierch

Drama

These Daughters of Mine Oct. 16

The relationship between two sisters becomes even more complicated when their parents develop an illness.

Drama

Call Me Marianna Oct. 16

Marianna is a 40-year-old woman, who is suing her parents to obtain a sex change, has to choose between her own identity and that which is most precious to her – family.

Thriller

Geisha Oct. 23

A nightclub bouncer tries to give up his connections to the criminal underworld when he is reunited with his disabled brother and falls in love with his caretaker.

Action

DEKALOG: ONE

Krzysztof, a semantics professor and computer hobbyist, is raising his young son, Paweł, to look to science for answers, while Irena, Paweł’s aunt, lives a life rooted in faith. Over the course of one day, both adults are forced to question their belief systems.

Drama

Chemo Oct. 16

A young man in crisis meets a woman in the late stage of cancer, and they wrestle with the decision to start a family.

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The 2016 Viewers' Choice Award

We have the pleasure to announce the 2016 Seattle Spirit of Polish Cinema - Viewers' Choice Award winner: Planet Single directed by Mitja Okorn.

Congratulations to the winner and a big thank you for all your votes.

And the 2016 Seattle’s Emerald Pierogi Award – for the Best Indie or Short Film goes to Grandma’s Day directed by Miłosz Sakowski.

About the SPFF

Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) is an annual event showcasing the best of Polish cinema since the early 1990’s. The SPFF is produced and presented by the non-profit Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

SPFF was started in 1992 by Polish community leaders Tom Podl and Dr. Michal Friedrich. Mr. Podl and Dr. Friedrich were inspired by other notable Polish Film festivals in the U.S. and in Poland. They wanted to share this special part of Polish culture with the greater Seattle community. SPFF is the second longest running Polish film festival in the United States. 2012 will mark its 20th anniversary.

From 2002 to 2005, local attorney Krys Koper directed the SPFF. Mr. Koper ushered in a new era of procuring high quality films and guests. Under his direction, SPFF presented such films as Revenge and When the Sun was God, as well as classics such as The Promised Land and Woman Alone.

From 2006, local patent attorney Greg Plichta directed SPFF. Under Mr. Plichta's leadership, the SPFF showcased critically acclaimed films alongside independent films, shorts, animations, and documentaries. During this time, the SPFF hosted a wide variety of guests and luminaries from Polish cinema. In 2010, Dr. Michal Friedrich returned to SPFF as the Artistic Director, with Greg Plichta as Managing Director.

As of 2011, former Solidarity activist and local film fanatic Zbigniew Pietrzyk has run SPFF, and in 2012 was joined by his son Michal, a television industry professional, as co-director. Since then, every edition of SPFF is scheduled to reach new heights in terms of film quality, diversity, and sophistication – in large part due to the generous support of its patrons, and the selfless contributions of its dedicated staff.

Sponsors

When you sponsor our cultural exhibition of Polish films your financial support helps cover the costs of film royalties, theater rental, airfare and accommodations for our guests, advertising, and printing. You can participate at different levels, all with added benefits! Review the options for Signature Sponsorship.